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29/07/2020

Birmingham rail station to be redeveloped

Words: Laura Edgar
Plans for track changes in Bicester and Beford / Shutterstock_167720543

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed the full business case for the £56 million redevelopment of University Station. 

Work on the station will start later this year so it is ready for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Built in the 1970s, the station serves four million passengers a year. The revamped station will be capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year.

A consortium led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the combined authority, will fund and develop the project. The group also includes University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “Over the last decade or so we have seen huge growth in both the university campus and the hospital site, making university one of the busiest railway stations on our network – but also in need of a major upgrade.

“By working collaboratively with partners across the city, in just a few short years we will be able to offer those many millions of passengers a brand new state-of-the-art station, which is fit for purpose.

"Not only is this project a brilliant example of teamwork and our ambition to improve public transport across the West Midlands, but infrastructure investments like these are also going to be critical to the region’s economic recovery from coronavirus.”

Together with extra provision of West Midlands Trains, the new station is designed to take cars off the A38.

Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “Getting more people onto trains across the region is one of the key elements of our work to reduce traffic congestion and reliance on the car, as we improve our air quality and progress towards a zero-carbon economy.”

The Department for Transport has confirmed that it would by contributing £12 million towards the scheme.

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